Lehman Azinger Added to UBS Warburg Cup

By Golf Channel NewsroomAugust 28, 2002, 4:00 pm
Eighteen world-class players, nine from the United States and nine from the Rest of the World, have committed to play in the second annual UBS Warburg Cup, which features two 12-man teams competing in a Ryder-Cup style format.
 
The matches will be played on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island in Georgia Nov. 15-17.
 
The $3 million tournament is sanctioned by The European Seniors Tour. Each team consists of six players age 40-49 and six players 50 and over. Officials from the USGA and the R&A will act as referees.
 
Arnold Palmer is the playing captain of the United States team. The other eight players who have committed are Hale Irwin (Senior PGA Tour all-time leading money winner), Scott Hoch and Tom Lehman (PGA Tour career money list for players 40 - 49), Mark O'Meara, Curtis Strange and Paul Azinger (special invitations for players 40 - 49), Raymond Floyd and Tom Watson (special invitations for players 50 and older). All except Lehman and Azinger played on the U.S. team in the inaugural UBS Warburg Cup.
 
The remainder of the U.S. team will be the Senior PGA Tour's leading money winner on Oct. 27, one player from the PGA Tour career money list for players 40-49, and one special invitation for a player 50 and older.
 
Gary Player is the playing captain of the Rest of the World team. The other eight players who have committed are Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam (top three PGA European Tour career money winners for players 40 - 49), Sam Torrance and Eduardo Romero (special invitations for players 40 - 49), and Isao Aoki, Rodger Davis and Stewart Ginn (special invitations for players 50 and older). All except Romero and Davis played for the Rest of the World in last year's match.
 
The remainder of the Rest of the World team will be the top two from the European Senior Tour money list Oct. 20, and one special invitation for a player 40 - 49.
 
The Golf Channel will devote 52 hours of worldwide coverage to the UBS Warburg Cup, including 17 hours of live competition.
 
Six foursomes matches lead off play Nov. 15 and six four-ball matches Nov. 16. Twelve singles matches are slated Nov. 17, including a captain's match between Palmer and Player.
 
The U.S. rallied on the final day to win the UBS Warburg Cup at Kiawah Island last year, 12 1/2 - 11 1/2. Trailing, 7-5, after the first two days, Palmer started the U.S. comeback with a 2 and 1 victory over Player in a match between the two captains. Another featured match was the battle of Ryder Cup captains in which U.S. captain Strange and European captain Torrance halved. The U.S. won it with victories in the final two matches - Mark Calcavecchia defeating Woosnam, 1-up, and Larry Nelson defeating Frank Nobilo, 3 and 2.
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DEFCON Tiger: Athletes tweet while watching Tiger

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 22, 2018, 8:15 pm

Tiger Woods grabbed the Tour Championship lead and the sports world by the throat Saturday, making birdie on six of his first seven holes in his third round and sending social media into a frenzy.

Here's a sampling from athletes, journalists and celebrtiies, and we'll start with two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry.

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Lewis fires 61, two behind Herbert in Portugal

By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 8:13 pm

VILAMOURA, Portugal – Tom Lewis came within two shots of tying English countryman Oliver Fisher's European Tour record on another day of low scoring at the Portugal Masters on Saturday.

Lewis returned a 10-under 61 in the third round, just 24 hours after Fisher carded the first 59 on the circuit. Lewis moved to two strokes behind leader Lucas Herbert of Australia.

Lewis acknowledged the thought of another 59 crept into his mind: ''It's something I noticed with three holes to go. I wasn't that bothered at the end of the day.

''I'm pleased that I shot 10 under par. I can only continue to make birdies and see what happens tomorrow.''

Herbert, who is playing off invites this season as he looks to earn his full tour playing privileges, shot a 64 for a 19-under total of 194.

Fisher took 10 more strokes than he did on Friday and was in a group on 14-under 199.

Sergio Garcia of Spain, trying to find form ahead of next week's Ryder Cup, was on 204 after a 68.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 22, 2018, 7:25 pm

After grinding out a 68 on Friday, Tiger Woods is trying to get the lead all to himself in Round 3 at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him.


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Highlights: Tiger's seven Saturday birdies so far

By Nick MentaSeptember 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

Tiger Woods entered Saturday tied atop the board and wasted little time taking the outright lead at East Lake.

Woods moved clear of the field with this birdie at No. 1, whipping the Atlanta crowd into an early frenzy.

Following a 4-foot par save at the second, Woods moved ahead by two and reached 9 under par when he played this approach from 144 and sank this 8-footer for birdie at the third.

One hole later, Woods reached double digits at 10 under par when he poured in a bending 21-footer that just crept over the lip.

He made it four birdies in his first five holes when he bombed a 320-yard drive, wedged to 7 feet, and converted again.

He looked in danger of not capitalizing on his first crack at a par-5 after he came out of a fairway wood on his second shot, but a splash from the bunker and a make from 6 feet gave him his fifth circle in six holes.

He went Vintage Tiger at the seventh, playing this fairway bunker shot from 172 yards to 5 feet, setting up his sixth birdie in his first seven holes and advancing him to 13 under, five clear.

Looking to make the turn in 29, Woods instead missed the green at the par-3 ninth, failed to get up and down for par, and had to settle for 5-under 30.

Following pars at 10 and 11, he started looking this approach up and down at the 12th, leading to his seventh birdies of the day.